SANTIAGO, January 16th. (Agency One/EP) –
The Chilean National Emergency Office (ONEMI) has declared a state of caution for the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Atacama, Coquimbo, Ñuble and Biobío due to the risk of a “small tsunami” following the eruption of an underwater volcano in Tonga.
This state of affairs implies that the population has to stay away from the coastal zone while evacuations have been ordered in regions like O’Higgins. A tsunami alert had previously been issued but has since been lifted.
Therefore, ONEMI has sent Emergency Alert System (SAE) messages to the population of the area to evacuate the beaches. “ONEMI broadcasts a SAE State of Caution message requesting to LEAVE the beach area due to a small tsunami on the O’Higgins coastal fringe,” ONEMI reported.
The tsunami has raised alarms across the Pacific, from Japan to Chile and from Alaska to New Zealand, but at the moment only two deaths have been reported in Peru and significant damage in Tonga, without being able to provide more information.